Forged Contemplation Anchor
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A Settlement on a Mountain: Königsmünster Abbey in Meschede.
According to an old Latin verse, the Cistercians preferred valleys, the Benedictines mountains, the Franciscans small towns, and the Jesuits large towns for their monasteries: “Bernhardus valles, montes Benedictus amabat, / oppida Franciscus, magnas Ignatius urbes”. The Benedictines of the Königsmünster Abbey have certainly kept to this, for their monastery towers high above Meschede, town in the mountainous Sauerland region. From a bird’s eye view, you’ll easily spot that the monastery’s buildings build up a small town on their own: in the foreground the grammar school and some of the monastery buildings, flanked by the House of Silence and the “Oasis”, further back the workshops with a smithy and carpentry plus the agricultural buildings – all this embedded in a park-like garden.
Article Number 27153
This contemplative object is simply constructed: a block of iron and a small "anchor", also made of iron with a built-in magnet. What can one do with it? Quite practically, it can be used to keep an eye on important notices or confirmations. When they have been duly internalized, you may place them underneath the block. Or one can consider the anchor as an object per se and contemplate it on its merits.
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